I went to lunch with a friend a while back and couldn’t find a parking spot to save my life. But, of course, had this person parked like they are supposed to, either myself, or someone else would’ve had the opportunity to park close to the restaurant rather than across the street.
I’ve told my children that the space within my vehicle is a bubble and nothing that is said in the car is allowed to leave the car or be repeated. I’ve told them that partially because my tongue has a taming issue and part of the reason it does is people like the one that parked in the picture above. My mind goes to a bad place when I see stuff like this, and usually where my mind goes, my mouth follows.
I can’t help but wonder what kind of person does something like that. I assume they are a person who puts them self and their stuff above everyone else. A person that finds their self so superior to others that even their car is more important than a grandmother who walks with a limp or a single mother with three kids that needs a break every once in a while and a good parking spot may be just what the doctor ordered.
I can’t help but wonder if a person who does stuff like this even thinks of anyone else. Ever.
Crossing the line. We all do it. Maybe not so obviously, but we do. We do it in the way we put ourselves before others. We do it when we do what we want to do no matter the outcome or how others will be affected.
We just do it. All the time.
I’m sure that the guy that parked like that (I’m going to assume it was a guy because I can’t fathom that a women would do that) had what he thought was a great reason. I’d bet that he’s had more than one person open their car door, slam it into his car and leave damage. Maybe if it didn’t happen to this particular car, it happened to an earlier one and he wants to ensure that this car doesn’t get damaged too.
Isn’t that why we go outside the lines too? We have our reasons. We have our damage, our hurts and much of the time we can excuse our behavior away with the belief that we are protecting our-self or watching out for our best because, by gosh, nobody else is going to.
Since we can’t control what others do, we’re just gonna do what we have to do – even if it isn’t fair – or right.
This is a prime example, for me, of noticing the splinter in someone else’s eye while totally ignoring the log in my own. While I have never and will never park like that dude did, it does shed a light on mindset and how similar mine can be to his. Sometimes I’m just out for myself. To heck with anyone else, I do what’s easiest. I do what’s in my best interest and I don’t consider anyone else in the process.
Sad thing? That doesn’t even really bother me until I realize that they probably look at me the way I look at the dirt bag that intentionally took two parking spaces. They look at me and think: “Look at that turd! Who do they think they are?”
Who do I think I am? Apparently I think I’m more important than you. Ouch.
So, what in the world is the point of this blog post? I have no idea, other than that a stupid car, parked wonky, opened my eyes a bit.[Tweet ” It’s amazing what God can and will reveal to us if we’re just open to hearing what he has to say.”] It’s all for our benefit, anyway.
I encourage you to be a person who is open to a little introspection and a little talkin’ to by the Lord. He’s gentle when he does it – much more gentle than life experience tends to be. He can use many stories, life experiences, or even idiot drivers to teach us a thing or two. We just have to willing to listen and change… and stop crossing the line.